The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 25, 2014

‘Principles of Preparedness for Agro-terrorism and Food System Disaster’ workshop set for June

JEFFERSON —

Hello, Ashtabula County! I think most of us remember vividly where we were on September 11, 2001. I know all of our lives have changed because of this horrific terrorist attack. It behooves us all to continue to be aware of the potential risks which are around us.
I especially have thought of the potential ways in which terrorists might try to attack our nation through our food supply.   
William H. Frist, M.D., a nationally recognized surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader once stated, “Our top focus — protecting our Nation — must go beyond homeland preparedness; America will only be secure if we deal with threats before they happen, not just after they happen.”
To help us prepare for potential threats to agriculture and our food system, OSU Extension and the Ashtabula County Health Department will be hosting a “Principles of Preparedness for Agro-terrorism and Food System Disaster” workshop on June 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Expo Center at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds in Jefferson.
This workshop will be a valuable training for a wide variety of individuals who might be asked to respond to an agro-terrorism emergency including individuals representing public health, environmental health, law enforcement, fire services, food and agriculture industries, agricultural representatives, public officials, emergency services representatives, veterinarians, and emergency responders.
The course will provide information to enable participants to more clearly understand the threats to our local agriculture and the food system.
Emergency response team personnel will develop skills to assess vulnerabilities and identify targets to assist in preventing or mitigating an intentional attack on our agriculture and food systems.
This workshop will focus on local emergency teams who will have to respond to an agro-terrorism incident in cooperation with state and federal antiterrorism teams.
During the class, participants will learn to evaluate the impacts of a potential incident.

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